Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reviving Those Halloween Treats

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reviving Those Halloween Treats

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Don't skimp when buying Halloween candy this year. When you see "The Candy Bar Cookbook" (Longstreet Press, $17.95), you'll want to have plenty left over for making treats of your own.

This collection of 64 well-organized recipes offers creative ways for enjoying everything from candy corn to Hershey's Assorted Miniatures. There's even a recipe for Leftover Halloween Candy Cake.

"The Candy Bar Cookbook" has a historical ingredient as well. A collaboration of children's book author Alison Inches and California Culinary Academy graduate Ric McKown, the book folds her nostalgic affection for candy into his expert recipes.

A timeline tells you when your favorite candy was first produced, a special page at the back invites you to record candy memories and traditions, and candy-history anecdotes flavor almost every page. You can find out, for example, whose baby Ruth was, who Sugar Babies' mama and daddy were, and why members of the Van Halen band never eat brown M&M's.

The book contains only a pinch of pictures, unfortunately, but its compact size makes it fit more easily on a shelf. Anyway, the names of the recipes alone are enough to tantalize you: Peanut Butterfinger Pie, Milky Way Chocolate Cake With Caramel Buttercream Frosting, Almond Roca Buttercrunch Coffee Cake, and Brownies With Reese's Bites and Chocolate Glaze.... Once my daughter started reading these titles, I couldn't tear the book out of her hands.

"The Candy Bar Cookbook" would make a good family gift. There's a special section of children's recipes, and the holiday recipes would provide some creative fun.

We're looking forward to making Christmas tree ornaments out of melted Jolly Ranchers. After all, if you have a sweet tooth, Christmas is just around the corner from Halloween.

Chocolate Chip Cookies With Hershey's Assorted Miniatures

45 Hershey's Assorted Miniatures

8 ounces butter (2 sticks), at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. …

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